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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky -- Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. She wants to democratize women's fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste.


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Anna Mouglalis ... Coco Chanel

Mads Mikkelsen ... Igor Stravinsky

Elena Morozova ... Katarina Stravinskaya

Natacha Lindinger ... Misia Sert
Grigori Manoukov ... Sergey Diagilev
Radivoje Bukvic ... Grand Duke Dimitri (as Rasha Bukvic)
Nicolas Vaude ... Ernest Beaux

Anatole Taubman ... Arthur 'Boy' Capel
Erick Desmarestz ... Le médecin (as Eric Desmarestz)
Clara Guelblum ... Milena Stravinskaya
Maxime Daniélou ... Teodor Stravinsky
Sophie Hasson ... Ludmila Stravinskaya
Nikita Ponomarenko ... Sulima Stravinskaya
Catherine Davenier ... Marie
Olivier Claverie ... Joseph
Marek Kossakowski ... Vaslav Nijinsky
Jérôme Pillement ... Pierre Monteux, le chef d'orchestre
Anton Yakovlev ... Anton
Irina Vavilova ... La gouvernante
Julie Farenc ... Julie - la vendeuse (as Julie Farenc Deramond)
Emy Lévy ... Fille atelier
Sarah Jérôme ... Fille atelier
Tina Sportolaro ... Secrétaire Beaux
Michel Ruhl ... Le baron
Pierre Chydivar ... Musicien russe
Agnès Vikouloff ... Musicienne russe
Sacha Vikouloff ... Musicien russe
Jean-David Baschung ... Le médecin
François Chomicki ... Florent Schmidt
Marek Tomaszewski ... Le pianiste
Cyril Accorsi ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
David Tomaszewski ... Le premier violon
Matthieu Bajolet ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Caroline Baudouin ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Laura Biasse ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Barbara Caillieu ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Marie-Laure Caradec ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Damien Dreux ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Sophie Gérard ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Patrick Harley ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Inès Hernandez ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Anne Laurent ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Thibaud Le Maguer ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Anne Lenglet ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Olivier Normand ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Florent Otello ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Edouard Pelleray ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Judith Perron ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Pascal Queneau ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Enora Rivere ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Julie Salgues ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Jonathan Schatz ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Wu Zheng ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sarah Barlondo ... The Young Girl in Red (uncredited)
Pierre Glénat ... Barman (uncredited)
Aurélie Le Roc'h ... Mme Schmitt (uncredited)

Directed by
Jan Kounen 
Writing credits
Chris Greenhalgh (screenplay and dialogue)

Chris Greenhalgh (novel "Coco & Igor")

Carlo De Boutiny (adaptation) and
Jan Kounen (adaptation)

Produced by
Albina Boeckli .... associate producer
Chris Bolzli .... producer
Philippe Delest .... line producer
Kazutaka Kimori .... associate producer: Hexagon Pictures
Helen Olive .... assistant producer
Claudie Ossard .... producer
Yoichi Sakai .... associate producer: Hexagon Pictures
Veronika Zonabend .... co-producer
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared (original score music)
Cinematography by
David Ungaro (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anny Danché 
Casting by
Gigi Akoka 
Production Design by
Marie-Hélène Sulmoni 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Cord'homme (set decoration)
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Laurent Bozzi .... lead hair stylist
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Valérie Chapelle .... makeup artist
Agathe Dupuis .... key hair stylist
Christophe Giraud .... makeup artist
Mathilde Humeau .... additional makeup artist
Nathalie Kovalski .... makeup artist
Hugues Lavau .... makeup artist
Karine Meyer .... hair stylist
Lydia Pujols .... makeup artist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... hair stylist
Production Management
Céline André .... assistant production manager
Pierre-Alexandre Cascarino .... assistant unit manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Johann Jolivet .... set production manager
Antoine Rabaté .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Pierre Sachs .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Delany .... first assistant director
Franck Giraud .... second assistant director
Estelle Gérard .... crowd assistant director
Art Department
Claire Amoureux-Nicole .... first assistant art director
Bernard Bridon .... property master
Philippe Cord'homme .... set dresser
Sévérine Guilbaud .... props
Marie Heyndrickx .... graphic designer
Nadine Hibon .... assistant art director
Maud Hubert .... assistant art director
Kathy Lebrun .... set dresser
Samir Moundy .... assistant property master
Samir Moundy .... swing gang
Christian Vallat .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... foley recordist
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Yohanan Braunschvig .... additional foley
Matthieu Fichet .... assistant sound editor
Isabelle Manquillet .... dialogue editor
Marc Mnémosyne .... sound mix technician
Avril Noviant .... boom operator
Loïc Prian .... sound editor
Raphael Sohier .... sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne Paris
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Romain Leclerc .... Flame artist
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Peregrine McCafferty .... matchmove artist
Benoit Philippon .... visual effects supervisor
Marion Roger .... senior digital compositor
Stephanie Saillard .... digital compositor: Mac Guff
Antonin Seydoux .... visual effects supervisor
Virginie Arnaud .... stunt performer
Alain Barbier .... stunt performer
Sylvain Gabet .... stunt performer
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Christophe Allain .... additional assistant camera
Cécile Arthuis .... additional second assistant camera
Joan Bansillon .... grip
Xavier Bompard .... video assist
Julien Cottret .... additional grip
Stéphane Duchemin .... grip
Julien Pamart .... second assistant camera
Mathieu Ungaro .... key grip
Casting Department
Aurélie Assié Lécroart .... extras casting assistant (as Aurélie Lécroart)
Estelle Chauvin .... extras casting assistant
Brigitte Fourcade .... casting
Dany Héricourt .... casting assistant
Mathilde Kraemer .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chloe Bartonio .... set costumer
Sandrine Bernard .... costume supervisor
Agnès Beziers .... wardrobe
Caroline de Tugny .... patina & tint
Ferenc Fulmer .... costumer
Morgane Lambert .... additional wardrobe
Sandrine Langen .... set costumer
Marion Morice .... assistant costume designer
Sylvie Ong .... costume supervisor
Aurélie Rogemond .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Denis Bedlow .... first assistant editor
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Xavier Desjours .... dailies color grader
Charlotte Lamy Le Loet .... color timer
Fabien Pascal .... colorist
Julien Malaury .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquié .... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Jeff Atmajian .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Philippe Bourorga .... additionnal music manager
Peter Cobbin .... score engineer
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Lewis Morison .... synthesizer programmer
Jen Moss .... music supervisor
Marie Sabbah .... music supervisor
Marek Tomaszewski .... composer: additional music
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Dominique Brun .... choreographer: recreation of the "The Rite of Spring" from original choreography by Vaslav Nijinski
Francine Cathelain .... script supervisor
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Virginie Cheval .... assistant script supervisor
Aurore Coppa .... assistant location manager: Grasse
Kim Courcelle .... assistant accountant
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... production accountant
Auriane Lacince .... assistant script supervisor
Nicolas Piechaczek .... location manager
Jeremy Pronier .... production assistant
Patrick Ronchin .... travelling car
David Tomaszewski .... title designer
Romain Tuilier .... assistant: director
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Coco & Igor" - France (working title), International (English title) (short title)
"Chanel & Stravinsky" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for some strong sexuality and nudity
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:15A | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited for DVD) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45603)

Did You Know?

Lead actress Anna Mouglalis has actually appeared in several Chanel advertising campaigns.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Chanel first brings Igor to see the piano in her home, he sits down to play a piece of music. The piece he plays is a duet written by Stravinsky, and though it seems like Stavinsky us sitting down to play the song it would be impossible for him to do so, since the range is both in the higher, lower and middle register of the keyboard.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Hannibal: Oeuf (#1.4)" (2013)See more »
You Made Me Love YouSee more »


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24 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Cheer up, Igor, 18 June 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

This lugubrious exercise begins with the recreation of a spectacular event in the history of European modernism at which both famous subjects are present. It's the premiere of Stravinsky's Rites of Spring with choreography by Vaslaw Nijinsky, presented under the auspices of Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev at the Theatre des Champs Élysées in Paris on May 29, 1913. It's a hot night: fans flutter in the audience. Gradually the public breaks out in shouting and argument. The house lights flash on and off. The gendarmes are called in. The evening is a disaster but an unforgettable one. Nijinsky's rhythmic, jerky choreography, performed by dancers in exaggerated makeup and peasant costumes, seen up close here, still seems barbaric and shocking. The music, as much as you can hear of it over the murmurs and shouting, is raucous and gorgeous. Unfortunately nothing else in the film is as exciting as this, or has one hundredth the historical significance. A little affair between two famous people, Igor at loose ends, and Coco still mourning the death of her great love and early sponsor, Arthur "Boy" Capel, this never adds up to much. Coco Chanel views the momentous 'Rite of Spring' performance with the expression the actress is to have throughout the running time: a cool half-smile plays over her lips.

She doesn't actually meet Stravinsky till seven years later, in 1920, when she invites him to come to live at her country villa-- with his tubercular wife and their bevy of young children (who are never individualized). He protests that he is self-supporting, but he's not doing particularly well, he's an exile, and he's living in hotels, so he gives in. Chanel offers him a large room with a piano to work in and comfortable bedrooms for his family. Eventually she also offers him her body.

Stravinsky's wife, who is constantly unwell (and has no eyebrows) and who has to put up with knowing this is going on, is never without a pained expression. Poor Katarina Stravinskaya (Elena Morozova)! We feel for her, but we don't like her. The Stravinsky's spread around Slavic-looking cloths and even a gilded Russian icon to make their surroundings homier. "Don't you like color?" the wife asks Coco during a tour of the house. "As long as it's black," she answers. Everything in Chanel's world is black and white. That should be a warning.

As we learn in a dutiful interlude in Grasse, the perfume-making center in the South of France, this was not only the year of the designer's affair with the Russian composer but also the one in which Chanel No.5 perfume was developed. Historically, that was an event of more significance.

There is too little dialogue in this film. The affair doesn't seem particularly passionate. Why was the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen chosen for this role? Because he has thick lips like the real Stravinsky? Because he can speak Russian and play the piano? Or just because the Dutch-born French director Jan Kounen felt some affinity with him? He never seems to possess the energy of the real Stravinsky, and certainly lacks the wiry physique. He has been wonderful as a villain and a spy, but as a Russian musical genius and a lover, he's merely stolid and sad.

Or were he and Anna Mouglalis chosen because the film was done in English and French versions, and both could do that? The half-Greek, half-French Anna Mouglalis, with her husky voice, elegant face and long neck, is a high fashion presence. In fact she has been chosen elsewhere by Karl Lagerfeld, the present incarnation of the house of Chanel, as the official ambassador of Chanel perfume. She also played, briefly, the Fifties singer Juliette Greco, in the recent biopic about Serge Gainsbourg. Clearly she had Lagerfeld's blessing, and she's more chic than the sweet-faced Audrey Tautou of Amélie, who played the designer in this year's other, more entertaining, Chanel flick. But Mouglalis has just the one expression, the half smile. It's hardly surprising that there is no chemistry between the two actors.

And with the focus on visuals rather than words, you can only wonder where all this is going, what the point of it is. Partly, it's to show off the spectacular period interiors of Chanel's black and white deco villa, and a succession of striking outfits handsomely modeled by Mouglalis (all this doubtless supervised by the indefatigable Lagerfeld), prancing around her house, taking them off to have sex with poor old sweaty Igor, delivering imperious commands to underlings at her couture house, being driven around in her Rolls Royce convertible.

Day-to-day life at the villa is deadly. Madame Stravinsky admits that her husband's music is going well, but nobody seems to be having much fun. The adulterous couplings are perfunctory. The Stravinsky boys know they're going on. Everyone is polite but miserable. "Don't you feel guilty?" asks Katarina Stravinskaya. By now we know Chanel will answer with a quick, cool "No."

She feels something, though, because after it's over and she and Igor start criticizing each other, she boasting that she's "more successful" and he dismissing her as "a shopkeeper," Chanel goes to Diaghilev and gives him a large anonymous gift, "for the Rite." (The great impresario's campy gayness is mocked: just before Coco comes in, he's seen "interviewing" a potential "secretary" by having him strip.) Chanel's handsome gift is enough to fund the whole season. It allows the "Rite" to be staged again, to great acclaim this time, so that Le Sacre du printemps bookends the film, though we don't see it performed at the end, we only hear Igor drunkenly banging away at it on Chanel's piano, after his wife has gone off with the children. "Cheer up, Igor," Coco says, toasting him. What is he suffering from, exactly? Apparently that cinematic disease, Tortured Artist Syndrome. You will be well-advised to avoid this good-looking but otherwise empty film.

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